Course Overview



This course will be held again on
October 21 - 23, 2019.

Information contained in this site is for the 2018 program.
Information for the 2019 program not yet available.

Education to Improve Diagnosis of Neurological Symptoms, Rapidly Identify Emergencies, and Optimize Outcomes

This special program provides updates, best practices, and new algorithms to diagnose neurological symptoms, quickly identify a neurological emergency, and take appropriate measures to optimize outcomes for high-risk patients.


Led by top clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, this program provides state-of-the-art approaches for diagnosis and management of:

  • HIGH-FREQUENCY NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS, including Headache, Back Pain, Dizziness, Delirium, General Weakness, Visual Changes
  • HIGH-RISK NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS, including Stroke, SDH, TIA, Concussion, TBI, SAH, Aneurysm, Spinal Cord Injury, Cauda Equina Syndrome, ICH, Meningitis
  • NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS, including Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Postpartum


Every year there is a vast amount of practice-changing literature impacting diagnosis of neurological conditions and next steps to take when you have identified a neurological emergency. These important updates include newer approaches to the history, the physical, and early management. 

Among the highest-rated Harvard Medical School CME courses, this program ensures participants are current with these updates and prepared to:

  • Better evaluate high-frequency neurological symptoms and high-risk neurological conditions
  • Avoid misdiagnosis in neurological emergencies
  • Quickly identify a neurological emergency and act in the first hours to optimize patient outcomes in emergency, inpatient, and outpatient settings
  • Optimize your use of CT/CTA (including what to order and how to read results)
  • Optimize your use of MRI (including when to order and when NOT to order)
  • Improve risk management
  • Optimize patient safety
  • Better understand and mitigate liability

This program is unique in that it:

  • Consolidates best practices in the workup of common neurological complaints
  • Provides tips that you can immediately put into practice
  • Lays out algorithms for common complaints such as headache, dizziness, back pain, and visual problems
  • Delivers guidance for stroke and other cerebrovascular events, including first hours of workup, the NIH Stroke Scale, tips for rapid neuroimaging and treatment (including new data on intra-arterial therapy), and best practices in risk management
  • Includes dedicated case-based discussion sessions with audience participation, group discussion, and opportunities to learn from both your peers and the experts
  • Is attended by a cross-specialty audience, leading to valuable opportunities for discussion—you can hear the perspectives of those in other specialties and other practice environments


You can tailor your learning experience to your specific interests, choosing from sessions designed for practitioners of:

  • Emergency Medicine      
  • Neurology (Outpatient and Inpatient)     
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Urgent Care

Educational highlights of the 2018 program include:

  • Best practices for using the focused history and physical to determine which patients with headache or minor head injury require neuroimaging or further workup
  • An algorithmic approach to evaluating back pain and guidance to spot the history and examination “red flags”
  • The newest approaches to treat stroke, TIA, and ICH (includes updates for DAWN and DEFUSE 3)
  • Updates to diagnose and manage the comatose patient
  • A new paradigm to diagnose dizziness
  • How to determine if it’s a stroke, neuritis or BPPV
  • Live demonstrations of diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers in dizziness
  • Updates for acute management of spinal cord and cauda equina compression
  • Advances in the management of seizures
  • Advances in SDH management
  • Practical approaches to bedside neuro-ophthalmology
  • Updates in ICU management of TBI
  • Anticoagulants and antiplatelets: what to choose and when